Saudi Arabia arrests 15,693 illegals in a week

Around 15,693 violators of residency and labor laws and border security regulations have been arrested in various regions of the Kingdom within a week. The arrests were made during joint field campaigns carried out by various units of security forces and the General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) during the period from September 16 to 22.

Those arrested included 6,336 violators of the residency laws, about 7,452 violators of the border security regulations, and more than 1,905 violators of the labor law.

A total of 311 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, of whom 54 percent were Yemeni nationals, 43 percent were Ethiopians, and 3 percent belonged to other nationalities while 6 people were arrested for trying to flee the Kingdom crossing borders. The security forces also arrested 15 people who were involved in transporting violators and giving them shelter.

The total number of violators, who are currently subject to the punitive measures, accounted for more than 85,009 including more than 75,014 men and 9,995 women, while the cases of 67,641 violators were referred to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents for their deportation.

The Ministry of Interior has warned that anyone who is caught facilitating anyone to enter the Kingdom in violation of the border security regulations, or provides him transportation or shelter or any assistance or service in any way, shall be awarded a maximum jail term of 15 years, a fine of up to SR1 million, and the confiscation of the means of transportation, and the residence used for shelter, in addition to publicizing their names in the local media.